David Bowie Performs a Theatrical Version of ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ on Saturday Night Live in 1979

December 1979 episode of Saturday Night Live featured a beautifully made-up David Bowie in an immobile oversized costume, performing a theatrical version of his song “The Man Who Sold the World” with amazing vocal accompaniment from the great Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias.

Bowie and band were introduced by guest host, actor Martin Sheen. The group returned for two other equally theatrical performances during the show – “Boys Keep Swinging” and “TVC15”.

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